2018-12-12: News Headlines

David Schultz (2018-12-12). Stacking the Deck Against Democracy in Wisconsin. counterpunch.org The power grab by Wisconsin Republicans to limit the incoming authority of the Democratic Attorney General and Governor is about pettiness and being a sore loser. But it is not the only instance of such pettiness—Michigan too is experiencing this, as did North Carolina a few years ago when the Democratic governor ousted the Republican. More

aljazeera (2018-12-12). Syrian state seizing opponents' property, rights activists say. aljazeera.com Government has been using 'anti-terrorism law' to seize properties of dissidents and their families.

teleSUR (2018-12-12). Building a Border Wall is Not in US Pentagon's Undertakings. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Defense stated on Tuesday it does not intend to help build a border wall with Mexico, although President Donald Trump has been insisting that the army will build it if Congress does not fund his project. | RELATED: | US$5 Billion for Border Wall or Govt. Shutdown: Trump Warns | "As of Tuesday, the Defense Department has not been task…

Laura Finley (2018-12-12). Congress Must Reauthorize VAWA. counterpunch.org That the U.S. is divided on political issues is old news. Both the Left and the Right are deeply entrenched, resulting in distrust, animosity, and political gridlock. One troubling example is with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2018. Sadly, it isn't the first time that Republicans have attempted to block VAWA, literally More

aljazeera (2018-12-12). No plans for censored Chinese search engine: Google CEO. aljazeera.com Appearing before US Congress, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also denied the search engine has a political bias.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-12). Winter Fund Drive Special: A Concise History of Consortium News by Robert Parry. consortiumnews.com During the 2011 Winter Fund Drive, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested that the late Bob Parry write a brief narrative to explain Consortium News' history and goals. (If you want to donate to our end-of-year fund drive,… Read more →

teleSUR (2018-12-12). Nicaragua Rejects US Congressional Passage of NICA Act. telesurenglish.net The United States Congress (U.S.) approved Tuesday the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (Nica Act) which seeks to sanction the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. | RELATED | US: Nicaragua is An 'Enemy to Regional Stability', 'Extraordinary Threat to National Security' | After the approval of Congress, U.S. President Donald Trump has a period of ten days to sign and formalize the law for the sanctions to come into effect. It's large…

Center for Biological Diversity (2018-12-12). Senate Hears Bill to Shoot or Evict Native Elk From California National Park. indybay.org WASHINGTON, December 11, 2018 — A Senate subcommittee Wednesday will consider legislation to allow native tule elk to be shot or removed from California's Point Reyes National Seashore, the only national park where these elk exist.

Jason Ditz (2018-12-12). Senate to Vote on Resolution to End US Support for Yemen War on Wednesday. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — With no signs of action on the Yemen War Powers Act challenge in the first couple of days this week, Wednesday is looking to be the start of the effort in earnest. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has confirmed he will be pushing the "motion to proceed," which will start the floor debate, and ultimately the vote on …

antiwar (2018-12-12). Senate To Vote On Resolution To End US Support For Yemen War On Wednesday. iranian.com With no signs of action on the Yemen War Powers Act challenge in the first couple of days this week, Wednesday is looking to be the start of the effort in earnest. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has confirmed he will be pushing the "motion to proceed," which will start the floor debate, and ultimately the vote on […]

RT (2018-12-12). 'Tinkle contest with skunk': Pelosi trashes Trump after shouting match in Oval Office. rt.com House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had some choice words for the president following an argumentative exchange in the Oval Office in which she blamed him for an impending government shutdown.

WSWS (2018-12-12). Trump threatens to use military to fund border wall. wsws.org The president's threat was followed by a tense meeting in the Oval Office with Democratic leaders where he threatened a government shutdown over funding for the wall.

Days of Palestine (2018-12-11). Senior Israeli Lawmaker Calls for Killing All Palestinians, "Because they are just Nazis Anyhow" globalresearch.ca Chair of the Defence Committee at the Israeli Parliament Avi Dichter has called for killing all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. | As he was commenting on the peaceful protests of the Great March of Return taking place along the …

William Blum (2018-12-11). "Fake News" Is Fake News, according to William Blum. globalresearch.ca The people who created Facebook & Google must be smart. They're billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about "fake news". Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff.

Joan Walsh (2018-12-11). Kevin McCarthy Is Inventing Reasons Not to Investigate Trump. thenation.com Kevin McCarthy Is Inventing Reasons Not to Investigate Trump…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-11). Class and Gender in Democratic Socialist Activism. therealnews.com Maria Svart, National Director of Democratic Socialists of America, talks about how she got involved with DSA and how feminism and democratic socialism intersect

John Kiriakou (2018-12-11). Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism in Greece. mintpressnews.com sipras has turned his back on democratic socialism. He's turned his back on the poor, the elderly, the environment, and even the victims of terrorism for no good reason. Tsipras has set back his professed democratic socialism by a generation.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-11). Young Climate Activists Storm Capitol Hill Demanding A Green New Deal. therealnews.com Over 140 were arrested in protests calling for Democratic leaders to create a plan to decarbonize the economy

John McCullough (2018-12-11). ACTION ALERT: CNN Must Rehire Pundit Who Defended Democratic Rights. fair.org Marc Lamont Hill appearing as a political commentator on CNN | As Marc Lamont Hill delivered his widely discussed speech at the United Nations on November 28, in which he expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people and emphasized the need to protect the human rights and self-determination of all who lived "from the river to the sea," he probably expected some critical response. What he likely didn't expect was to be fired from his position as a CNN commentator, and to have his job as a professor at Temple University threatened. | Pro-Israel partisans and commentato…

South Front (2018-12-11). Video: Prominent Turkish Backed FSA Commander Defects to Syria Government Forces. globalresearch.ca Late on December 10, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured a hospital building in the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. The hospital had been among key ISIS defense points in this area. | While the situation in …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-12-11). UN Expectations Low for Difficult Yemen Negotiations Now Underway in Sweden. mintpressnews.com Among the issues under discussion in Yemen peace negotiations are potential humanitarian corridors, a prisoner swap, the reopening of the defunct Sana'a International Airport, and the fate of the crucial port city of Hodeida.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-12-11). "Sunrise" youth in DC demand quick Dem action to save planet. peoplesworld.org

Jill Ryan (2018-12-11). Congress Must Take Action on Toxins. progressive.org Why is the Environmental Protection Agency refusing to study PFAS? The toxic chemicals are found in drinking water around the country.

Manlio Dinucci (2018-12-11). Gli Usa si preparano allo scontro con Russia e Cina. globalresearch.ca L'arte della guerra. Dal rapporto ufficiale 2018 dalla Commissione incaricata dal Congresso degli Stati uniti di vagliare la strategia di difesa nazionale, emerge come Washington sia disposta a tutto pur di conservare la ´ineguagliata potenza militare ª su cui gli Usa …

teleSUR (2018-12-11). Costa Rica: Campbell Leaves Foreign Ministry Amid Allegations. telesurenglish.net Vice President Epsy Campbell's resignation as Costa Rica's first female foreign minister is a result of the investigation against her, the vice president confirmed Tuesday. | RELATED: | Costa Rica: Congress Approves Fiscal Plan Despite Protests | "This morning I informed the President of the Republic of my decision to resign as Minister of For…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-11). Support for Redistricting Reform Crossed Party Lines in 2018. truthout.org This year was a banner year for redistricting reform, with voters in five states — Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah — putting limits on extreme partisan gerrymandering. | Not surprisingly, the reforms were especially popular among Democrats, who have been on the receiving end of gerrymandering this decade. But the measures also earned wide backing from Republicans, winning with more than 60 percent support in four of the five states. | To understand how the measures did among voters, we analyzed the approval rate in each county and compared support for reform with votes cast in a statew…

STAFF (2018-12-11). Trump Bickers With Democratic Leaders, Threatens Shutdown. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Bickering in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn't provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. | Trump's comments came as he opened a contentious meeting with Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with a partial shutdown looming on Dec. 21 when funding for some agencies will expire. The president and Pelosi tangled over whether the House or the Senate was holding up his proposal. Trump and Schumer jabbed at each other over the import of the…

STAFF (2018-12-11). Facing Pressure, McConnell Agrees to Criminal Justice Vote. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's sentencing laws. | McConnell's decision comes after more than three years of overtures from a large, bipartisan group of senators who support the criminal justice bill, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump announced his support for the legislation last month, but McConnell treaded cautiously and said the bill was among a number of competin…

F. William Engdahl (2018-12-11). RussiaGate, the Mueller Investigation and the Clinton Foundation. globalresearch.ca On December 7 after weeks of legal resistance, former FBI Director James Comey was forced to appear at a closed-door hearing convened by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The hearing was called to investigate political bias by Comey and …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-11). Headlines for December 11, 2018. democracynow.org U.K.: Prime Minister May to Hold Emergency Talks with EU over Brexit, France: President Macron Offers Concessions to Protesters in TV Address, EPA Proposes Rollback of Water Protection Laws, Youth Climate Activists Flood Congress, Demanding "Green New Deal", COP24: Activists Take Over Trump Administration's Pro-Fossil Fuels Event, The Intercept: Shell Oil Helped Draft Paris Agreement, U.S. Rejects U.N. Migration Deal Backed by 164 Countries, U.K.: "Stansted 15" Activists Convicted of Terrorism for Preventing Deportation, California: Faith Leaders Arrested at Gathering to Support Migrants, Yemen Peace Talks Take P…

David Dayen (2018-12-11). Something New Is Happening in the House: Progressives Are Winning Internal Fights. theintercept.com For years in the House of Representatives, a simple majority was all that was needed to pass legislation — unless that bill included a tax increase. In that case, it required a three-fifths majority, thanks to a rule implemented by former Speaker Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican wave. | After Democrats swept the midterms this November, party leaders suggested that they would reform the rule. Under Democratic rule, a supermajority would only be needed for tax increases that affected the bottom 80 percent of earners. | But fiscal policy has become a flashpoint in the ongoing struggle between the party'

Ryan Gallagher (2018-12-11). Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan. theintercept.com Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company's secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. | During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | The hearing began with an opening statement from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said launching a censored search engine in China would "strengthen China's system of surveillance and repression." McCarthy questioned whether it was…

Ryan Gallagher (2018-12-11). Rights Groups Turn Up Pressure on Google Over China Censorship Ahead of Congressional Hearing. theintercept.com Google risks being "complicit in human rights violations" if it brings censored search back to China, said a global coalition of over 60 groups.

Common Dreams (2018-12-11). Trump, Schumer and Pelosi Square Off in Explosive Oval Office Debate on Live TV. theantimedia.com (CD) — A press availability at the White House with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Democratic leader in the House Nancy Pelosi broke into bizarre—as well as refreshing—public negotiation on Tuesday as the Democrats and the president sparred over funding for a border wall and the prospect of a …

RT (2018-12-11). Military will build border wall if Congress doesn't play ball — Trump. rt.com The military will finish construction of the controversial US-Mexico border wall if Democrats in Congress don't take action to "secure our country," Donald Trump has vowed.

RT (2018-12-11). Alex Jones heckles CEO of 'evil' Google in Senate halls on way to hearing. rt.com Right-wing commentator Alex Jones was stalking the corridors of the Capitol again, heckling Google CEO Sundar Pichai ahead of a House hearing focused on the tech giant's data collection and alleged political bias. |

RT (2018-12-11). 'It's called transparency': Trump drags Schumer & Pelosi into heated border wall debate (VIDEO). rt.com Tensions were high at the Oval Office as Donald Trump and top Democratic lawmakers, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, clashed over funding for his border wall and the government shutdown in front of the cameras.

WSWS (2018-12-11). Democrats begin open discussion of impeachment. wsws.org Two top members of the House Democratic leadership said that Trump could be impeached or jailed over alleged campaign finance violations.

WSWS (2018-12-11). Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates. wsws.org Union officials showered Democrats with praise while offering no concrete details of the agreement to charter school teachers or when they could vote on the deal.

Robert L. Borosage (2018-12-10). The Ideas Primary. thenation.com The Ideas Primary…

Consortiumnews (2018-12-10). Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism. consortiumnews.com The prime minister who lost his bluff with international creditors in 2015 is now striking another radical pose by giving holidays to assassins, writes John Kiriakou. Tsipras Has Betrayed the Greek People By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News The… Read more →

Jacques R. Pauwels (2018-12-10). Foreign Interventions in Revolutionary Russia. counterpunch.org All over Europe, the First World War had brought about a potentially revolutionary situation as early as 1917. In countries where the authorities continued to represent the traditional elite, exactly as had been the case in 1914, they aimed to prevent the realization of this potential by means of repression, concessions, or both. But in the case of Russia, the revolution not only broke out but succeeded, and the Bolsheviks began work on the construction of the world's very first socialist society. More

David Dayen (2018-12-10). The Remarkable Tale of the Corporate Lobbyist Sworn In as a Temporary U.S. Senator. theintercept.com "By getting this dip into the Senate, he gets an increased profile, an increased rolodex. It burnishes his stature but does nothing for the republic."

RT (2018-12-10). 'Dirty game' or business as usual: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes on DC lobbyists. rt.com Newly minted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gotten her first taste of the DC swamp. In a viral tweet, Cortez expressed her shock at the obvious: Washington DC is full of lobbyists. |

Bruna de Lara (2018-12-09). Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet. theintercept.com "Our government departments will not be led by anyone who's been convicted of corruption," said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration. | A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Sur…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-08). Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018. therealnews.com From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-08). Making Global Climate Change Local. therealnews.com At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Abdul El-Sayed, the runner-up in Michigan's Democratic 2018 governor's race primary, talks about how to bridge fights for environmental health and justice with the global fight to reduce carbon emissions

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). Lame Duck Republican Legislature Tries to Strip Democrats' Power in Wisconsin. therealnews.com Since Democrats won all statewide races in Wisconsin, the Republican strategy is to illegally erase their loss by disempowering the offices that the Democrats won. The Nation's John Nichols discusses the situation

John Dougherty (2018-12-07). Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea is skirting state law to funnel campaign funds to far-right groups. splcenter.org Embattled conspiracy theorist and Washington state Republican Rep. Matt Shea has been skirting Washington state law to funnel campaign contributions to far-right nonprofit groups in Colorado and Arizona, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Cambodia: Repeal of Abusive Associations Rule. hrw.org | | Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives to attend the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) congress in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Samrang Pring / Reuters | (New York) — The Cambodian government's revocation of a repressive regulation on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should jump-start genuine efforts to repeal all laws that restrict basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today. | On November 27, 2018…

2018-12-12: Social Media Postees

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Nicaragua Rejects US Congressional Passage of NICA Act
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-12
The United States Congress (U.S.) approved Tuesday the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (Nica Act) which seeks to sanction the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. | RELATED | US: Nicaragua is An 'Enemy to Regional Stability', 'Extraordinary Threat to National Security' | After the approval of Congress, U.S. President Donald Trump has a period of ten days to sign and formalize the law for the sanctions to come into effect. It's large…
telesurenglish.net/news/Nicaragua-Reject…

No plans for censored Chinese search engine: Google CEO
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-12
Appearing before US Congress, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also denied the search engine has a political bias.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/plans-censore…

Syrian state seizing opponents' property, rights activists say
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-12
Government has been using 'anti-terrorism law' to seize properties of dissidents and their families.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/syrian-state-…

Winter Fund Drive Special: A Concise History of Consortium News by Robert Parry
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-12
During the 2011 Winter Fund Drive, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested that the late Bob Parry write a brief narrative to explain Consortium News' history and goals. (If you want to donate to our end-of-year fund drive,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/12/12/fund-drive…

Stacking the Deck Against Democracy in Wisconsin
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-12
The power grab by Wisconsin Republicans to limit the incoming authority of the Democratic Attorney General and Governor is about pettiness and being a sore loser. But it is not the only instance of such pettiness–Michigan too is experiencing this, as did North Carolina a few years ago when the Democratic governor ousted the Republican.
counterpunch.org/2018/12/12/stacking-the…

Congress Must Reauthorize VAWA
Laura Finley | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-12
That the U.S. is divided on political issues is old news. Both the Left and the Right are deeply entrenched, resulting in distrust, animosity, and political gridlock. One troubling example is with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2018. Sadly, it isn't the first time that Republicans have attempted to block VAWA, literally…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/12/congress-mus…

Building a Border Wall is Not in US Pentagon's Undertakings
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-12
The U.S. Department of Defense stated on Tuesday it does not intend to help build a border wall with Mexico, although President Donald Trump has been insisting that the army will build it if Congress does not fund his project. | RELATED: | US$5 Billion for Border Wall or Govt. Shutdown: Trump Warns | "As of Tuesday, the Defense Department has not been task…
telesurenglish.net/news/Building-a-Borde…

Senate Hears Bill to Shoot or Evict Native Elk From California National Park
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2018-12-12
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2018 — A Senate subcommittee Wednesday will consider legislation to allow native tule elk to be shot or removed from California's Point Reyes National Seashore, the only national park where these elk exist.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/11/1881973…

Senate to Vote on Resolution to End US Support for Yemen War on Wednesday
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-12
(ANTIWAR.COM) — With no signs of action on the Yemen War Powers Act challenge in the first couple of days this week, Wednesday is looking to be the start of the effort in earnest. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has confirmed he will be pushing the "motion to proceed," which will start the floor debate, and ultimately the vote on …

Senate to Vote on Resolution to End US Support for Yemen War on Wednesday

Senate To Vote On Resolution To End US Support For Yemen War On Wednesday
antiwar | iranian.com | 2018-12-12
With no signs of action on the Yemen War Powers Act challenge in the first couple of days this week, Wednesday is looking to be the start of the effort in earnest. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has confirmed he will be pushing the "motion to proceed," which will start the floor debate, and ultimately the vote on […] | The post Senate To Vote On Resolution To End US Support For Yemen War On Wednesday appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/12/senate-resolution…

'Tinkle contest with skunk': Pelosi trashes Trump after shouting match in Oval Office
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-12
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had some choice words for the president following an argumentative exchange in the Oval Office in which she blamed him for an impending government shutdown. | …
rt.com/usa/446229-pelosi-manhood-border-…

Trump threatens to use military to fund border wall
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-12
The president's threat was followed by a tense meeting in the Oval Office with Democratic leaders where he threatened a government shutdown over funding for the wall.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/12/bord…

RussiaGate, the Mueller Investigation and the Clinton Foundation
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-11
On December 7 after weeks of legal resistance, former FBI Director James Comey was forced to appear at a closed-door hearing convened by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The hearing was called to investigate political bias by Comey and … | The post RussiaGate, the Mueller Investigation and the Clinton Foundation appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/peter-comey-it-matters…

"Fake News" Is Fake News, according to William Blum
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-11
The people who created Facebook & Google must be smart. They're billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about "fake news". Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff. | The post "Fake News" Is Fake News, according to William Blum appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/fake-news-is-fake-news…

Gli Usa si preparano allo scontro con Russia e Cina
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-11
L'arte della guerra. Dal rapporto ufficiale 2018 dalla Commissione incaricata dal Congresso degli Stati uniti di vagliare la strategia di difesa nazionale, emerge come Washington sia disposta a tutto pur di conservare la ´ineguagliata potenza militare ª su cui gli Usa … | The post Gli Usa si preparano allo scontro con Russia e Cina appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/gli-usa-si-preparano-a…

ACTION ALERT: CNN Must Rehire Pundit Who Defended Democratic Rights
John McCullough | fair.org | 2018-12-11
Marc Lamont Hill appearing as a political commentator on CNN | As Marc Lamont Hill delivered his widely discussed speech at the United Nations on November 28, in which he expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people and emphasized the need to protect the human rights and self-determination of all who lived "from the river to the sea," he probably expected some critical response. What he likely didn't expect was to be fired from his position as a CNN commentator, and to have his job as a professor at Temple University threatened. | Pro-Israel partisans and commentato…
fair.org/home/action-alert-cnn-must-rehi…

Video: Prominent Turkish Backed FSA Commander Defects to Syria Government Forces
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-11
Late on December 10, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured a hospital building in the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. The hospital had been among key ISIS defense points in this area. | While the situation in … | The post Video: Prominent Turkish Backed FSA Commander Defects to Syria Government Forces appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-prominent-turkis…

Trump Bickers With Democratic Leaders, Threatens Shutdown
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-11
WASHINGTON–Bickering in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn't provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. | Trump's comments came as he opened a contentious meeting with Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with a partial shutdown looming on Dec. 21 when funding for some agencies will expire. The president and Pelosi tangled over whether the House or the Senate was holding up his proposal. Trump and Schumer jabbed at each other over the import of the…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-bickers-with…

Congress Must Take Action on Toxins
Jill Ryan | progressive.org | 2018-12-11
Why is the Environmental Protection Agency refusing to study PFAS? The toxic chemicals are found in drinking water around the country.
progressive.org/op-eds/congress-must-tak…

Senior Israeli Lawmaker Calls for Killing All Palestinians, "Because they are just Nazis Anyhow"
Days of Palestine | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-11
Chair of the Defence Committee at the Israeli Parliament Avi Dichter has called for killing all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. | As he was commenting on the peaceful protests of the Great March of Return taking place along the … | The post Senior Israeli Lawmaker Calls for Killing All Palestinians, "Because they are just Nazis Anyhow" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/senior-israeli-lawmake…

Kevin McCarthy Is Inventing Reasons Not to Investigate Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2018-12-11
Kevin McCarthy Is Inventing Reasons Not to Investigate Trump…
thenation.com/article/kevin-mccarthy-don…

Costa Rica: Campbell Leaves Foreign Ministry Amid Allegations
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-11
Vice President Epsy Campbell's resignation as Costa Rica's first female foreign minister is a result of the investigation against her, the vice president confirmed Tuesday. | RELATED: | Costa Rica: Congress Approves Fiscal Plan Despite Protests | "This morning I informed the President of the Republic of my decision to resign as Minister of For…
telesurenglish.net/news/Costa-Rica-Campb…

Young Climate Activists Storm Capitol Hill Demanding A Green New Deal
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-11
Over 140 were arrested in protests calling for Democratic leaders to create a plan to decarbonize the economy | The post Young Climate Activists Storm Capitol Hill Demanding A Green New Deal appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/climate-activist…

Class and Gender in Democratic Socialist Activism
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-11
Maria Svart, National Director of Democratic Socialists of America, talks about how she got involved with DSA and how feminism and democratic socialism intersect | The post Class and Gender in Democratic Socialist Activism appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/class-and-gender…

Support for Redistricting Reform Crossed Party Lines in 2018
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-12-11
This year was a banner year for redistricting reform, with voters in five states — Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah — putting limits on extreme partisan gerrymandering. | Not surprisingly, the reforms were especially popular among Democrats, who have been on the receiving end of gerrymandering this decade. But the measures also earned wide backing from Republicans, winning with more than 60 percent support in four of the five states. | To understand how the measures did among voters, we analyzed the approval rate in each county and compared support for reform with votes cast in a statew…
truthout.org/articles/support-for-redist…

Facing Pressure, McConnell Agrees to Criminal Justice Vote
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-11
WASHINGTON–Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's sentencing laws. | McConnell's decision comes after more than three years of overtures from a large, bipartisan group of senators who support the criminal justice bill, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump announced his support for the legislation last month, but McConnell treaded cautiously and said the bill was among a number of competin…
truthdig.com/articles/facing-pressure-mc…

Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism in Greece
John Kiriakou | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-11
sipras has turned his back on democratic socialism. He's turned his back on the poor, the elderly, the environment, and even the victims of terrorism for no good reason. Tsipras has set back his professed democratic socialism by a generation. | The post Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism in Greece appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/alexis-tsipras-failed-…

UN Expectations Low for Difficult Yemen Negotiations Now Underway in Sweden
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-11
Among the issues under discussion in Yemen peace negotiations are potential humanitarian corridors, a prisoner swap, the reopening of the defunct Sana'a International Airport, and the fate of the crucial port city of Hodeida. | The post UN Expectations Low for Difficult Yemen Negotiations Now Underway in Sweden appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/un-expectations-low-fo…

Something New Is Happening in the House: Progressives Are Winning Internal Fights
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
For years in the House of Representatives, a simple majority was all that was needed to pass legislation — unless that bill included a tax increase. In that case, it required a three-fifths majority, thanks to a rule implemented by former Speaker Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican wave. | After Democrats swept the midterms this November, party leaders suggested that they would reform the rule. Under Democratic rule, a supermajority would only be needed for tax increases that affected the bottom 80 percent of earners. | But fiscal policy has become a flashpoint in the ongoing struggle between the party'…
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Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company's secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. | During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | The hearing began with an opening statement from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said launching a censored search engine in China would "strengthen China's system of surveillance and repression." McCarthy questioned whether it was…
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Rights Groups Turn Up Pressure on Google Over China Censorship Ahead of Congressional Hearing
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
Google risks being "complicit in human rights violations" if it brings censored search back to China, said a global coalition of over 60 groups. | The post Rights Groups Turn Up Pressure on Google Over China Censorship Ahead of Congressional Hearing appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump, Schumer and Pelosi Square Off in Explosive Oval Office Debate on Live TV
Common Dreams | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-11
(CD) — A press availability at the White House with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Democratic leader in the House Nancy Pelosi broke into bizarre–as well as refreshing–public negotiation on Tuesday as the Democrats and the president sparred over funding for a border wall and the prospect of a …

Trump, Schumer and Pelosi Square Off in Explosive Oval Office Debate on Live TV

Military will build border wall if Congress doesn't play ball — Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-11
The military will finish construction of the controversial US-Mexico border wall if Democrats in Congress don't take action to "secure our country," Donald Trump has vowed. | …
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Alex Jones heckles CEO of 'evil' Google in Senate halls on way to hearing
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-11
Right-wing commentator Alex Jones was stalking the corridors of the Capitol again, heckling Google CEO Sundar Pichai ahead of a House hearing focused on the tech giant's data collection and alleged political bias. | …
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'It's called transparency': Trump drags Schumer & Pelosi into heated border wall debate (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-11
Tensions were high at the Oval Office as Donald Trump and top Democratic lawmakers, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, clashed over funding for his border wall and the government shutdown in front of the cameras. | …
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Democrats begin open discussion of impeachment
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-11
Two top members of the House Democratic leadership said that Trump could be impeached or jailed over alleged campaign finance violations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/11/uspo…

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-11
Union officials showered Democrats with praise while offering no concrete details of the agreement to charter school teachers or when they could vote on the deal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/11/chic…

The Ideas Primary
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2018-12-10
The Ideas Primary…
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Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-10
The prime minister who lost his bluff with international creditors in 2015 is now striking another radical pose by giving holidays to assassins, writes John Kiriakou. Tsipras Has Betrayed the Greek People By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News The… Read more ?…
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US: Deregulating Mountaintop Removal Threatens Drinking Water and Public Health
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-10

| December 10, 2018 Video | The Coal Mine Next Door: The Deregulation of Mountaintop Removal: | The case of mountaintop removal highlights the dangers of letting industry interests, rather than science, lead regulatory policy. |

| | (Washington, DC)–The Trump administration and United States Congress have endangered public health by ending measures, incl…
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The Remarkable Tale of the Corporate Lobbyist Sworn In as a Temporary U.S. Senator
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-12-10
"By getting this dip into the Senate, he gets an increased profile, an increased rolodex. It burnishes his stature but does nothing for the republic." | The post The Remarkable Tale of the Corporate Lobbyist Sworn In as a Temporary U.S. Senator appeared first on The Intercept.
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'Dirty game' or business as usual: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes on DC lobbyists
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-10
Newly minted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gotten her first taste of the DC swamp. In a viral tweet, Cortez expressed her shock at the obvious: Washington DC is full of lobbyists. | …
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Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet
Bruna de Lara | theintercept.com | 2018-12-09
"Our government departments will not be led by anyone who's been convicted of corruption," said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration. | A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Sur…
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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-08
From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord | The post Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018 appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Making Global Climate Change Local
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-08
At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Abdul El-Sayed, the runner-up in Michigan's Democratic 2018 governor's race primary, talks about how to bridge fights for environmental health and justice with the global fight to reduce carbon emissions | The post Making Global Climate Change Local appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Lame Duck Republican Legislature Tries to Strip Democrats' Power in Wisconsin
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-07
Since Democrats won all statewide races in Wisconsin, the Republican strategy is to illegally erase their loss by disempowering the offices that the Democrats won. The Nation's John Nichols discusses the situation | The post Lame Duck Republican Legislature Tries to Strip Democrats' Power in Wisconsin appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea is skirting state law to funnel campaign funds to far-right groups
John Dougherty | splcenter.org | 2018-12-07
Embattled conspiracy theorist and Washington state Republican Rep. Matt Shea has been skirting Washington state law to funnel campaign contributions to far-right nonprofit groups in Colorado and Arizona, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/12/07/embat…

Cambodia: Repeal of Abusive Associations Rule
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-07
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives to attend the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) congress in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Samrang Pring / Reuters | (New York) — The Cambodian government's revocation of a repressive regulation on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should jump-start genuine efforts to repeal all laws that restrict basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today. | On November 27, 2018…
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Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems
Miranda Spencer | fair.org | 2018-12-06
USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…
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Wisconsin Republicans Spurn the Will of the People
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2018-12-05
Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a Republican-controlled senate approved bills to restrict early voting and curb the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.
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